College Counseling: Seniors

How to Prepare for College

Focus on Academics

Continue to work diligently and do well in school.

SAT and ACT Testing

Continue taking SAT or SAT subject tests in October, November, and/or December.

Meet with your assigned counselor on a regular basis.

College Rep Visits at Pres

Admissions officers from colleges and universities, national and international, visit Presentation in the fall semester, before school, at lunch and occasionally after school. Attending these brief meetings is a valuable part of the college process in a number of ways: to learn about the specific college, to meet the representative who will be reading Presentation students’ applications and to ask any specific questions that are not readily available on the college website. The list of colleges that are coming to campus is on Naviance and appear in the daily bulletin and the weekly Panther Report.

Extracurricular Activities

Continue your involvement in the activities you have chosen. Be wary of spreading your time and efforts in too many places; much better to concentrate on a few.

Senior Year Class Schedule

It is important to maintain the same level of rigor in classes in the senior year, as in 9th, 10th and 11th grades. This will be part of the class scheduling process and discussion with your mentor and your college counselor.

College Visits

Visit colleges/universities whenever possible.

Attend Workshops

The College Counselors hold workshops in the fall semester on different parts of the college process. The first meeting is mandatory, assigned by mentor group, and occurs during collaboration.

An overview of the process as well as specific application, financial aid and scholarship information is presented as well as the tasks and deadlines that are specific to our process at Presentation. There is an Essay Writing Workshop offered after school, as well as several drop in essay workshops.

Workshop Wednesday is a morning dedicated to application completion for the Common App, the UC application and the CSU application.


Financial Aid Timeline for Seniors


SEPTEMBER: As you determine the application deadlines for the schools to which you are applying, check the school's deadlines and requirements for submission of financial aid forms. A number of private institutions require parents to submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, which is administered through College Board.

OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER: Continue to note deadlines and requirements for your colleges and universities. Many insitutions financial aid web sites will list merit and need-based scholarships that are available as well.


Guidelines are changing at the moment at the federal level. Please check back soon for the most current information.


MARCH: March 2 is the Cal Grant deadline to submit the GPA verification form. The FAFSA must be filed by this date as well.

APRIL: You will begin to receive financial aid notification letters. If you have been accepted at a school, you should receive an award letter. If you don’t receive one, contact the financial aid office at that school to make sure your application is complete. Read these letters carefully. If additional information is requested, send it immediately. If the amount offered is not enough, call (better yet, write) to the financial aid office for an appeal. A letter of appeal should clearly state your personal situation and why you believe you need more assistance.

MAY: Ideally, you will have completed your financial aid process in April. However, in some cases, you will not have a final award, especially if you have appealed. Be persistent and review all communications sent from the school carefully. If additional information is requested, respond quickly.